A recent Bayt.com Telecommuting poll indicated that 47% of companies in Dubai were now allow telecommuting, with an additional 15% allowing it dependent on individual employee circumstances. Jobseekers and employers agreed that the secret to successful telecommuting was a combination of “Clear Guidelines agreed upon between employer & employee”, “Trustworthy employees who are capable of working well independently”, “Supportive Management who will oversee and guide the telecommuting system”, and “Proper training program for employer & employee (in new procedures, etc…)”.
The main telecommuting benefit to employers was deemed by them to be a combination of better productivity, more skills retention and cost savings. And the main benefit to professionals was agreed to be a combination of all of better work-life balance, productivity and loyalty.
Dubai is now following the trends in Europe and America with regard to telecommuting which is important if Dubai is to compete effectively on the global talent stage.